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National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition 2013


SiNode Systems

Northwestern University

SiNode Systems is a battery materials venture developing silicon-graphene anodes for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. SiNode anodes offer higher battery capacity and faster charging rates, all while being produced via a low cost solution chemistry-based manufacturing process. SiNode seeks to change the landscape for lithium-ion batteries so they can meet the demands of a wide range of industries, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles.

SiNode technology uses a composite of silicon nano-particles and porous graphene, developed by Dr. Harold H. Kung at Northwestern University. SiNode's anodes offer dramatic energy capacity increases (3200 mAh/g vs. the current standard of 370 mAh/g) as well as rapid charge/discharge rates up to 20C, all while maintaining cycling stability and reducing the electricity usage and toxins associated with current manufacturing processes for advanced battery materials. Additionally, SiNode's anodes are prepared via a proprietary manufacturing process resulting in conductive sheets suitable for assembly directly into batteries, thereby reducing costs for battery manufacturers.  

SiNode Systems is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Rice Business Plan Competition and the recipient of a 2013 Department of Energy SBIR Award.


Bearing Analytics
Purdue University

Bearing Analytics is a leading-edge equipment monitoring company aimed at pioneering a new era in industrial bearing condition monitoring. Our objective is to consolidate the needs of customers, environment, and manufacturers to improve asset management and energy efficiency capabilities one bearing at a time.

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Bioadhesive Alliance
North Carolina A&T State University

Bioadhesive Alliance Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of “PiGrid”, bio-based adhesive that is green, low cost, and durable and can be utilized as a substitute to petroleum-based asphalt binder.

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Brigham Young University

PlasTek™ is patent-pending technology created by Inviroment™ that facilitates the biodegradation of all types of plastic found in landfills. PlasTek™ is sprayed onto waste as it enters a landfill and begins to decompose any plastic it touches, resulting in additional landfill capacity. It also accelerates methane output from plastics, which can be collected from landfills as a source of clean energy.

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University of Arkansas

Picasolar wholly owns the hydrogen selective emitter (HSE) technology. HSE can increase the efficiency of solar cells by up to 15 percent and remove up to 33 percent of the silver grid lines in a conventional silicon solar cell.

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University of California-Berkeley

Pyro-E, LLC is developing a solid-state device for waste heat harvesting at the distributed energy scale. The device is designed based on the pyroelectric effect and can be used to improve the fuel-use efficiency of 300 million vehicles and generators in the United States.

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